WDSUTIL Command line options in Windows Server

This post lists all the WDSUTIL Command line options in Windows Server. WDSUTIL is a command-line utility used for managing your Windows Deployment Services server.

There are many ways to deploy operating systems to computers in an organization. One of the classic way that many IT departments deploy operating systems has been through the use of Windows Deployment Services.

The basic functionality of WDS (Windows Deployment Services) is to allow IT admins to deploy OS without an installation disc.

Basically, WDS redesigned version of remote installation services. Windows Deployment Services includes several modifications to RIS features.

WDS offers many advantages over RIS which can found in the following Microsoft article.

In addition, WDS also allows you to deploy the operating system through a network installation. That’s the most important feature of WDS.

One of the advantages of using the Windows deployment server is that WDS can work with Windows image (.wim) files.

Windows image files could be created through the use of the Windows Sysprep utility. WDSUTIL is a command-line utility to manage your Windows Deployment Services server.

The location of the wdsutil executable is windows\system32\wdsutil. Run the command prompt as administrator and run the below WDSUTIL commands to manage WDS.

WDSUTIL Command line options

The below table lists all the WDSUTIL command line options that you on Windows Server.

WDSUTIL CommandDescription
/addAdds images and devices to the WDS server
/removeRemoves images from the server
/start Starts WDS services
/stopStops WDS services
/newCreates new capture images or discover images
/getGets information from images, image groups, WDS servers, and WDS devices
/setSets information in images, image groups, WDS servers, and WDS devices
 /update Uses a known good resource to update a server resource
 /delete-autoadddevices Deletes records from the Auto-Add database
 /reject-autoadddevices Rejects Auto-Add devices
 /approve-autoadddevices  Approves Auto-Add devices
 /enable  Enables WDS services
 /disable  Disables WDS services
 /copy-image Copies images from the image store
 /export-image  Exports to WIM files images contained within the image store
 /convert-ripimageConverts Remote Installation Preparation (RIPrep) images to WIM images
/initialize-server Initializes the configuration of the WDS server
/uninitialize-serverUndo any changes made during the initialization of the WDS server
WDSUTIL Command line options

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